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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund

2008 Lifetime Score

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
IA Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds Republican A
IA State House 3 Daniel Huseman Republican A+
IA State House 4 Dwayne Alons Republican A+
IA State House 5 Chuck Soderberg Republican A
IA State House 8 Henry Rayhons Republican A-
IA State House 9 Helen Miller Democratic D
IA State House 11 Gary Worthan Republican A
IA State House 15 Mark Brandenburg Republican A
IA State House 17 Matt Windschitl Republican A+
IA State House 19 Ralph Watts Republican A+
IA State House 20 Clel Baudler Republican A+
IA State House 21 Jack Drake Republican A+
IA State House 22 Greg Forristall Republican A
IA State House 24 Cecil Dolecheck Republican A
IA State House 31 Rick Olson Democratic C+
IA State House 34 Bruce Hunter Democratic F
IA State House 35 Ako Abdul-Samad Democratic F
IA State House 38 Kevin Koester Republican A
IA State House 41 Jo Oldson Democratic D
IA State House 43 Chris Hagenow Republican A
IA State House 46 Lisa Heddens Democratic C
IA State House 49 Dave Deyoe Republican A
IA State House 50 Patrick Grassley Republican A+
IA State House 54 Linda Upmeyer Republican A
IA State House 55 Roger Thomas Democratic A+
IA State House 60 Walt Rogers Republican A
IA State House 62 Deborah Berry Democratic C-
IA State House 67 Kraig Paulsen Republican A+
IA State House 70 Todd Taylor Democratic D
IA State House 71 Mark Smith Democratic C+
IA State House 78 Jarad Klein Republican A
IA State House 81 Mary Gaskill Democratic D
IA State House 84 David Heaton Republican A
IA State House 85 Vicki Lensing Democratic C-
IA State House 86 Mary Mascher Democratic F
IA State House 87 Dennis Cohoon Democratic C
IA State House 88 Tom Sands Republican A
IA State House 89 Jim Lykam Democratic A
IA State House 90 Cindy Winckler Democratic D
IA State House 94 Linda Miller Republican B-
IA State House 97 Steven Olson Republican A
IA State House 99 Pat Murphy Democratic D
IA State Senate 7 Rick Bertrand Republican A
IA State Senate 8 Michael Gronstal Democratic A+
IA State Senate 16 Dick Dearden Democratic A
IA State Senate 18 Janet Petersen Democratic C-
IA State Senate 20 Brad Zaun Republican A
IA State Senate 24 Jerry Behn Republican A
IA State Senate 36 Steve Sodders Democratic B
IA State Senate 38 Tim Kapucian Republican C-
IA Supervisor At-Large Michael Hadley A
IA Council Member At-Large Scott Tornquist C
Richard Anderson B+
Rich Arnold A+
McKinley Bailey A
David Barnett A
Merlin Bartz B
Chris Bearden A
Paul Bell C
Scott Belt A
Polly Bukta D-
Royd Chambers A+
Joe Childers F
Swati Dandekar C
Mark Davitt C
Betty De Boef A+
James Demichelis, Jr. D
Larry Disney A
Ron Fedler D
Wayne Ford F
Eugene Fraise A-
Marcella Frevert B-
Elesha Gayman A
Linda Greenlee A
Carlin Hageman B
Jim Hahn A
Shawn Hamerlinck A-
Jarret Heil F
Erik Helland A
Dena Himes C
Lance Horbach A+
Robert Howard A
Tim Hoy B
Howard Hubbard A
John Hulsizer, Jr. C-
Geri Huser A
Jane Jech F
Jamie Johnson A
Jeff Kaufmann A+
David Kerr B-
Steve Kettering C
John Kibbie A
Mark Kuhn D
Michael Littzen A-
Austin Lorenzen A
Steven Lukan A
Mike May A
Kevin McCarthy A+
Paul McKinley A
Dave McLaughlin C
Dolores Mertz A+
Vic Mokricky A
Jeff Mosiman F
Christopher Nelson F
Emma Nemecek A
Donovan Olson B
Ross Paustian A
Matt Pfaltzgraf B
Brian Quirk B-
Scott Raecker A-
Gary Ramaker A
Christopher Rants A+
Daniel Rasmussen A+
Michael Reasoner C
Nathan Reichert A
Ryan Rhodes A
Stephen Richards F
Rod Roberts C
Chris Sanger B
Debra Satern A
Randy Schissel A
Renee Schulte A
James Seymour A
Paul Shomshor, Jr. A
Doug Smith B
Kent Sorenson A
Scott Strosahl B
Doug Struyk A
Joseph Sturgis F
Steve Svejda A
Kurt Swaim A
Annette Sweeney D
Jeremy Taylor A
Rich Taylor B
Dave Tjepkes A+
Jodi Tymeson A+
Adam Vandall B
James Van Engelenhoven A+
James Van Fossen A+
Nick Wagner A
Rebecca Wearmouth A
Roger Wendt C
Andrew Wenthe F
John Whitaker C+
Darren White D
Wesley Whitead D
Tami Wiencek A
Mark Zieman A
Ray Zirkelbach C

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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